AN OPEN AND SHUT CASE
“These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.”
Has this ever happened to you? You have a decision to make so you pray and seek God’s will. You think you have an answer, so away you go and WHAM! You run into a closed door.
The natural human reactions to something like this take three forms. First there is disillusionment. We think, “God really isn’t in control after all.” Second there is anger. “God, you told me to do this and now look; You really don’t care about me or my situation. You are just playing some kind of cosmic game at my expense!” The third response is pride. “I’m just going to have to take control of this myself. If there is a closed door in my way, I’ll just knock it down!"
These may be the common responses, but they
aren’t very productive responses. The fact is, God IS in control and, as the
Scripture says, “what he shuts no one can open.”
If (when?) we find ourselves facing a closed door, we need to remember that “no” isn’t a bad answer when it comes from our Savior. God has purposed to protect us and to preserve us. He is determined to bless us AND to make us a blessing. He has our best interest at heart. His “no” is like that of a loving parent - and one day we’re gonna thank Him for this. One more thing; don’t forget, Jesus has the key of David and when He does open the door it is unshuttable!
Pastor Keith Andrews